I, like most people my age, started eating sushi in high school, as part of a little Otaku streak. I just kind of picked it up, dunked in soy sauce, and avoided wasabi/horseradish whenever I could. Thankfully, I don't do that anymore. For those of you who still do, here's a great instructional vid ... More >>
Think you love noodles? How many tiny bowl of noodles could you eat (think miso soup bowls)? 10? 20? Could you break 100? Well, if you think you could break a hundred, Japan's got the perfect challenge for you. The wankosoba challenge is an eating challenge hailing from the Iwate prefecture of nort ... More >>
I'm going to assume that churros aren't really common place in Japan, which is why McDonald's Japan can get away with calling their new dessert item a McChurro when it's obviously just a chinese donut (the youtiao/dầu cháo quẩy kind, not the puffy sugar donut kind). But hey, it's a Chinese don ... More >>
Today, famed iconic early hip-hop film Wild Style returns with a dazzling new 30th anniversary digital remaster on an incredibly detailed and loaded-with-extras double-DVD! We spoke to director Charles Ahearn, who also recently launched the brand new hyper-detailed and multi-faceted Wild Style websi ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food
This is it. The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for. There have been others throughout the year, but in my opinion, the Hokkaido Fair is the one. And perhaps the folks at Mitsuwa realize it, too, because for the first time that I've noticed, they've hired a PR person to send reminders to peopl ... More >>
While our Burger Kings are putting fries in its burgers and our McDonald's are offering chicken wings, KFC's in Japan are reportedly deep frying soup.
You read the headline correctly. Burger King is offering mojitos, Long Island iced teas, daiquiris, and Cuba Libres. But wait...before you head out the door to get your drink on, I should add that it's only being offered at select Burger King stores in Japan.
Mitsuwa is continually bringing us tastes of Japan in the form of limited-time special items, and this one caught my eye. It's the Ice Cornet, a swirl of soft-serve ice cream inside warm bread shaped like a cone. The picture above doesn't do the concoction justice--it's huge! The treat is popular ... More >>
What kind of world would it be without Internet video? Most give The Food Network, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network a run for their money, and best of all, you need only commit to a few minutes of your time instead of a full half-hour.Here are my favorite videos of the year.
Got three minutes? Wanna go eat in Japan? Here's a video that proves that you don't need to be Anthony Bourdain to do mouthwatering food porn. You just need a good camera and to know where to point it. Combined with funky, 8-bit music, the gorgeously shot and edited 3-minute short was uploaded a few ... More >>
Can someone be too young and too handsome? Apparently if you've been anointed the new chairman of Iron Chef Japan, you can. Kotaku is reporting that Japanese fans of the original Iron Chef are up in arms over the striking good looks and youth of the new chairman producers have chosen to preside over ... More >>
We don't know if we were more surprised or relieved that Donald was a man of choice words. It might be because he used to teach English, and we were prepared to type a whole lot more. Either way, his demeanor was about as chill as could be right before a lunch service.Read our interview with Donald ... More >>
Donald Williams was careful to explain that the operation is a team effort. There is no designated chef at Coco Ichibanya. Sauce, protein, starch, and perhaps a veg. There's a certain amount of assembly (and a whole lotta curry) involved. He also mentioned their next location in K-town, opening in t ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The Irvine store has a yen for big savings!
If Cooking With Dog isn't the most popular cooking channel on YouTube, it is certainly the most beloved. The series of cooking shorts that details, step-by-step, the creation of more than 70 Japanese dishes was recently selected for a YouTube Japanese Award. Our sister blog SFoodie shares our lov ... More >>
Here in the United States, we do silly things like honor our precious movie stars by naming sandwiches after them. To name a few, there are the "Woody Allen" at Carnegie Deli in New York, "The Salma" and "The Kiera" at Hot Doug's in Chicago, and "Marilyn Monroe"--a Thanksgiving-style turkey sandw ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. A ... More >>
Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>
You Offend Me You Offend My FamilyThe Cup Noodles Museum opens today! And no, I don't mean my old dorm room closet. Forty years ago, Nissin Foods introduced to the world what would become a food staple of college students, stoners, kitchen klutzes and overworked cubicle rats. To celebr ... More >>
Cupcake Camp OC Facebook PageIt's gonna be a crazy weekend 'round here. And it starts . . . now. TODAYOriginal Long Beach Lobster Festival What: Watch out, Sebastian! Loads of crustaceans will be steamed, buttered and served with coleslaw and watermelon at this beloved annual event. &nb ... More >>
Pandora's Tower: A game that you may NEVER get a chance to play.This year's lineup of games for Nintendo's systems are running a bit thin. Sure, we've got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and a few 3DS games to look forward to, but the number of games that are targeting the experienced gamer cr ... More >>
Recently available to Nintendo 3DS owners--of Japan and Europe, for now--is the Nintendo Video service. The service is expected to release "Nintendo-approved" 2D and 3D content to the 3DS with cartoons, comedy clips, and even music videos. Working alongside another application known as SpotPass T ... More >>
Earthquakes aren't the only thing that California and Japan have in common. For years Japanese youth have adopted and emulated lowrider culture and Chicano Rap as their own. This peculiar phenomenon attracted a promotional tour to Japan in 2006 by Always Running author Luis J. Rodriguez who brou ... More >>
I just discovered the flickr set Kit Kats of the World, and boy, we Americans are getting gypped with boring milk chocolate. Japan's got much more intriguing varieties such as salt-watermelon, jasmine tea, chocolate & grilled potato, wasabi, grilled corn, sports drink and even "air-condition ... More >>
House of Blues
Ever since the major catastrophe in Japan, people have been wondering how they can help the victims, who are just starting to put their lives back together again. For musicians, the best way to help is to put on a show and invite as many bands and DJ's as you can.
The always loud and festive Baja Sharkeez Newport Beach is stepping up to help the Japan relief effort by hosting a silent auction and raffle tonight from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. There's some serious loot up for bidding--Lakers and Angels tickets, autographed Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings equipmen ... More >>
After co-opting Japanese fashion for years, Gwen Stefani is giving back. Today, she announced that she donated $1 million to Save the Children's relief efforts for Japan. The No Doubt singer and fashion designer said in a statement: "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love ... More >>
In the wake of the unfathomable disaster in Japan, musicians are showing their support through benefit shows, merch and other creative endeavors, rallying fans to help the country. Their efforts can make a real impact--Gaga's Japan-relief wristbands raised $250,000 in just 48 hours. Here's ... More >>
There's a lot of news coming out of Japan, all of it sad, some of it worrisome; but then there are a few stories that instill hope, like this one, which is about an owner of ramen shop in Miyako City who decided to give away his noodles even as he, himself, lost his home in the tsunami. Why? Becau ... More >>
Maybe it's the fact that Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant has already suffered several explosions, is currently leaking radiation into the air, and seems to be headed toward total meltdown. Maybe it's the fact that a cold pressure system is sucking cold wind out of China and Korea and sendin ... More >>
Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquakeWith the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>
Using her star power and fashion prowess for good, Lady Gaga has designed a "We Pray for Japan" wristband, sold on her site for $5, with all proceeds going toward Japan earthquake/tsunami relief efforts.Today, she tweeted that $250,000 has been raised so far.
Photo by Airman John D. Partlow/U.S. Air ForceDisplaced commercial airline passengers take shelter inside Taiyo Community Center on Friday.Those following the epic horrors playing out across the Pacific are aware that the 8.9 magnitude earthquake has been officially declared the worst catastrophe ... More >>
McDonalds.co.jpThe food-blog web is snickering with news that McDonald's outlets in Japan are doing a new burger promotion called Big America 2 (yes, it's a sequel, meaning they've done this before).The burgers, hilarious caricatures and revealing in how Japan sees us, are shown above in all thei ... More >>
Flickr user 4-6The Tsukiji fish market auction grabs headlines this time of year, almost every year. Last year, the story was on a 513 pound bluefin tuna that netted $177,000. This year's catch blew that one out of the water.
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Edwin GoeiName: Kasugai Konpeito Candy Origin: Japan Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $2.49 Ingredients: Sugar, FD & C Yellow No. 5, FD & C Yellow No. 6, FD & C Blue No. 1. Why I Bought It: Moth balls. They first looked like moth balls. Further research revealed that these cand ... More >>
I raved about the samurai burrito at Wafu of Japan last month; here's another Japexican creation from this small, delicious eatery: jalapeños stuffed with spicy tuna.No need to buy Tums. The chilies that Wafu's chefs use are of the shishito variety, more piquant than fiery, while when has anyone ev ... More >>
Browsed through the online ads for 99 Ranch today and I noticed something I'd never noticed before. On their flier, attached to pictures of items that are look remotely Asian in origin, there are now big cartoony bubbles that proclaim "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in Japan". I'm pretty sure that befor ... More >>
Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M. The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia). Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>
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